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STEP 3 marks ????

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by bekham, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. bekham

    bekham 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Hi Im trying to write this step 3 before i start my peds residency.....But before I wanted to know something before I write the exams next week......Are these step 3 marks important ?I mean like if I wanted a fellowship later on will a low step 3 mark affect it big time.any reply would be appreciated...........
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  3. bekham

    bekham 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Anyone please:confused::confused::confused:
  4. Marigold

    Marigold Kid Doctor Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2006
    hSDN Member
    I'm sorry that I can't answer your question more directly, as I'm not really so sure how much your step 3 scores affect fellowship opportunities...but what I do know is that it's more common to take step 3 sometime during residency as opposed to taking it before you start residency. The reasoning behind that is that residency gives you firsthand experience and further education that theoretically helps you to score higher on the exam. Is there any reason in particular that you're trying to take step 3 before residency begins?
  5. DarthNeurology

    DarthNeurology 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Windy City
    You could write it during internship also, but Step 3 has also every subject that Step 2 has as far as I know, i.e. ob/gyn, surgery, . . . question is NOT how important it is for fellowship. (Sure it matter to one degree or another, and failing it would always look bad).

    Question is how to maximize doing well on Step 3, which may mean taking it closer to third year and step 2 CK as you may forget some of the more general stuff. I am sure there are a variable number of answers as to whether it will help for fellowship, but also doing very well in residency is important too, not to mention the program you are going to, (obviously you can't change this).
  6. bks524

    bks524 7+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    I don't think it matters much. Probably less than the first 2. It seems that they want to see that you passed it and that it was similar to your other scores. LORs and inservice scores matter much more

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